September 23, 2018 is the “official” date for Evangelism Sunday but congregations can celebrate it at any time. Evangelism is good news. Mark’s Gospel begins with these words, “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah.” Evangelism is not a tool to grow our churches and to reach people to fill our pews. Evangelism is the good news of God’s love in Jesus that changes our lives and the life of this world.
The Scripture for this Sunday is about our peculiar life together. By the power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit we bear in Christ (love, peace, joy, goodness, gentleness, kindness, patience, faithfulness and self-control), we are different; we are attractive to people searching for a better way. But we cannot stay where we gather; we must go into our community. We encourage you this Sunday to worship together and then use the neighborhood exegesis to explore your neighborhood.